Promise the Children 2016: Child Care for All
Low-waged single parent(s) cannot pay market rate for child care. Many children are in risky situations where they are neglected or abused. Some are lucky enough to have a relative or neighbor to provide care. Some are supported by childcare vouchers or are in Head Start.
A minimum waged single parent working 40 hours weekly may be earning as much as $15,080 annually. This is below the Federal poverty line. The median income in the United States is estimated at $51,939. This is about 330% of the poverty line.
The high cost of daily living including market housing, food, and transportation leaves little for costly child care for all low- waged workers. Savings accounts and tax deductions offer little help to a low-waged worker. There are long, long waiting lists for a spot at Federal Head Start program, or for a state supported child care voucher.
The solution is; (1) double the funding for Head Start and the Voucher program, (2) establish public quality class room care for three and four-year olds, and (3 )offer child care tax credit. This chart comes from the Center for American Progress.
YOU CAN HELP! Watch the debates and keep a tally on the Mom’s Rising tally sheet about how many times the care of our young children is mentioned. Pay attention to the subsidies that are offered low-income workers!
Contact candidates for President on social media or by email or mail and ask them how they plan to support child care for low-income parents. Ask them;
You may ask @HillaryClinton and/or @realDonaldTrump: “Will you support quality child care for our nations’ low and median income families? @PromisetheChild #WeR4PreK”
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